Major delays hit return of ‘Brighton Belle’ to mainline

THE 5BEL Trust saw its hopes dashed of returning the ‘Brighton Belle’ to service in the same year that Flying Scotsman finally re-emerged on the main line.

Inside its new home, Pullman car No. 91 on jacks inside the W H Davis workshops. 5BEL TRUST

After a frustrating year, beset by problems with the complex re-wiring of the motor third carriages, the trust reluctantly took the decision to leave its home at Barrow Hill, a process which cost almost six months of productive activity.

Spokesman Neil Marshall paid tribute to the ground-breaking work carried out by Rampart Engineering. “They were able to achieve what everyone said was impossible and Paul Ramsden has created a national centre of excellence for heritage railway restoration at Barrow Hill.

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“Our problem with hitting our stretching targets has been one of capacity – the ability to work on at least four cars at the same time.”

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